EUROCLIO Annual Conference 2019: warming up!

Catalina Gaete EUROCLIO , ,

It’s already mid-February, and together with spring, the main event of our organization is approaching rapidly. Since last year, EUROCLIO has been working on its Annual Conference 2019, which as every year is gathering history educators from all over Europe and beyond to learn and debate about the latest developments in the field. This year, our Annual Conference will take place on April 4 to 7, and it will take us to Gdańsk, Poland, which stands as the perfect setting to learn about our conference’s theme: Bringing History to Life!

This year, we aim at addressing one of the main challenges that teachers are facing on a daily basis, particularly in terms of sparking students’ interest in learning history. How do teachers achieve this goal? We believe that one of the best strategies would be to bring history to life, by looking at the impact of big events in people’s daily life, or by connecting historical events to current affairs.

We are organizing interesting workshops, panel presentations and keynote speakers from renowned and experienced history educators, who will share with us their methods, reflections and techniques to bring history to life. Besides, in order to enhance the impact of this knowledge, we are preparing a bunch of cultural activities that will help us to learn a bit more about Poland and Gdańsk, which were the scenery for many of the XX century’s main historical events.

Sightseeing and movies

The arrival day at glance. Annual Conference 2019 programme.

Additionally to the variety of cultural activities planned for the four days of conference, we organized a field trip and a movie screening for April 3, the arrival day for most of the participants.

For all the colleagues arriving to Poland during the morning of Wednesday April 3, a field trip to Westerplatte is prepared at 15.00. Westerplatte is a peninsula in Gdańsk, located on the Baltic Sea coast mouth of the Dead Vistula (one of the Vistula delta estuaries), in the Gdańsk harbor channel. From 1926 to 1939 it was the location of a Polish Military Transit Depot (WST), sanctioned within the territory of the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk). It is famous for the Battle of Westerplatte, which was the first clash between Polish and German forces during the invasion of Poland and thus the first battle of the European theater of World War II. Therefore, this trip will be a privilege for early birds!

But for those that cannot make it during the morning, a movie screening is scheduled for the evening of the same day. “Warsaw Uprising” is a movie created in 2014 to celebrate the 70 years anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. The movie is exclusively composed of original footage from 1944, which has been digitally colored. The use of colored images has the purpose of making the footage more appealing for a young public, who might be more motivated in approaching this milestone in Polish history. The screening will be preceded by a small introduction and contextualization, and followed by a discussion on historical truths and how to approach different narrations of the same event.

If you want to participate from these activities, send an email to Alice Modena, project manager at the EUROCLIO Secretariat, to alice@euroclio.eu, by March 15.

You are kindly invited to keep connected to our channels, website and social media, where more updates will be informed. Do not miss this opportunity of being part of the EUROCLIO community!


‘Poland in the Heart of European History’ seminar held in August

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From 24-30 August 2015 An intensive seminar entitled ‘Poland in the Heart of European History’, took place in the Polish Congress House Jabłonna Palace near Warsaw. EUROCLIO Ambassador Ineke Veldhuis-Meester reports: The Institute of National Remembrance IPN, Instytut Pamięci, offered to 24 History Teachers and Remembrance Educators their views on Polish XXth century history and culture, through lectures, and some workshops, each followed by open discussions., skilfully interpreted by Paweł Sawicki from the Auschwitz Museum. This was the second part of a two years course by carefully chosen lecturers , all specialists in their fields of study of the History of 20th Century Poland.

We learned about e.g. the remarkable role of the Polish Underground State, the movement Solidarity, and the Martial Law. IPN produces historical educational games. By playing the game Kolejka, the Queue, we experienced a part of daily life namely lining up for shops , tricks and hinderances to move on.

The variety of countries represented, enhanced very much the discussions on comparisons and differences: there were nine Hungarians, further people from Moldova, Croatia, Serbia, Albania, Malta, Spain, the Netherlands , Austria, Denmark, Estonia and Iceland; four of them were Euroclians. Exchanging experiences and views continued in the evening and night on the beautiful premisses of the Jabłonna Palace. Łukasz Michalski managed to treat us on a piano recital of a Polish candidate for the Chopin Piano Concours in October in this ‘Chopin year’.

It was a great week with a great group under the inspiring and strict guiding of Anna Brojer, supported by Małgorzata Żuławnik.

Ineke Veldhuis-Meester Euroclio ambassador.